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The Freshman Academy teams up with CNN for #myfreedomday!

Check out CNN's web page with our students at www.CNN.com/MyFreedomDay 


Former Spartan Laura Hackney founds AnnieCannons to help

survivors of Human Trafficking



Ms. Pekatos introduces guest speaker Laura Hackney- her friend and former Spartan classmate  to 9th grade English language classes as part of the Academy's focus and support of CNN's Freedom Project, and international #myfreedomday on March 14th!  After graduating from NSCHS, U of California at Berkley, studying in China and earning her graduate degree - Laura founded and is the Executive Director of AnnieCannons - a California nonprofit committed to helping teach survivors of human trafficking high- demand coding and software skills.

Read story in Sandy Springs Patch


About our Freshman Academy . . . 

​Our new Freshman Academy is designed to be a small learning community just for 9th graders.  We're created a corridor of classrooms with all specially selected 9th grade Academy teachers for classes in English Language Arts and Math and 3 special course offerings - one of which all Freshman Academy students will take: AP Human Geography, AVID or Freshmen Success.  These classes provide an important foundation - the study skills, rigor, nurture and support our newest Spartans need to achieve success in 9th grade and beyond.  We can't wait to get started together.

Here's a link to the research and rationale behind 9th Grade Academies.


 A few items that are nonnegotiable:

  • ALL freshmen received an agenda. They must use it daily: 
    • Students must write in the agenda every day: Learning Target, Daily Vocabulary, Gradual Release, and Evidence of Mastery.
    • Please utilize the agenda for passes. No agenda = no passes


Congratulations Freshman Academy

February Rock Stars!

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 These fantastic Freshmen recommended by their teachers are from l to r:

Kinan Olatunji-Avid,  Stori Johnson-Science, Yourianah Desir-Math,

Ian Lowe- English and Sunny Leveson (not pictured) AP Hug

Way to go Rock Stars!

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 Our  9th grade Academy students - what a great class! 


Here's to the Class of 2021!

class of 2021.jpg We're looking forward to a successful and fun year with the Class of 2021 which will  launch our new Freshmen Academy!

​ Academy teachers attend AVID training thanks to $9300 grant 

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Read more in the Patch, Neighbor or Reporter Newspapers! 

Freshman Academy Faculty


 The faculty wearing THEIR new shirts - ready and excited on Day 1!

The Freshman Academy celebrates  

IMG_1844.JPGFinishing their first month of high school calls for an ice cream sundae celebration which is exactly what 9th graders enjoyed on August 31, 2017!   


IMG_5204.jpg North Springs Freshman Academy

Ensuring all 9th grade students have an opportunity for academic success in their high school transition.

Study Skills I AVID I Community Building I Organization Tools I Freshmen Academy Hall I College Visits I Academic Intervention


March 14 is #myfreedomday!


The Freshman Academy collected personal care items in support of CNN's international #myfreedomday.  Read more in SS Patch and in their March newsletter here! 

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Academy Teacher of the Year Finalists 


Congrats to Freshman Academy 2018 Teacher of the Year finalists  Christine Pekatos (English) and Brittany Gregory (Math) -4th and 5th from left- who were honored as TOY finalists on March 9.  We are proud of all the nominees - Teryn Fleetwood )2nd from left) was announced as this year's Teacher of the Year.


Freshman Derek Coffsky designs new CCC web site 


Derek with his teacher Alicia Tunson on left and business teacher Kim Daniels with his tablet showing the new site. Here's the link.


The Freshman Academy

tours College



Students were excited and inspired by visiting one of these College Campuses during last semester's College Tour Day:

  • Art Institute of Atlanta
  • Emory University
  • Georgia State University
  • Georgia Tech University
  • University of West Georgia
  • University of Georgia
  • Spelman College
  • Oglethorpe University
  • Morehouse College


Freshman Academy students help Sandy Springs Youth Sports celebrate opening day!  

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Elena Dollinger sang the national anthem!

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NS Baseball Coach Matt Gershon and Varsity Freshman players and SSYS alums, Ross Reynolds, Simon Gersten and Buck Olson along with Mayor Rusty Paul and local council members welcomed hundreds of future Spartan baseball and softball players on SSYS Opening Day!


 Congrats Freshmen SGA Officers


The 2017-18 Student Government Association Officers from the Class of 2021 are:

Front (from right): Caroline Hawkins-  President;  Gracie Kirschner-Vice President

Back (from left): Khairi Morrow-Treasurer;   Ameya Rekapalli-Secretary and Maddie Lampert- Historian


2018-19  Curriculum Guidebook


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Click here

To see the courses that will be offered next year!


Congrats Dr. Wilkins

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Dr. Mulanta Wilkins was recognized as the Central Learning Community's Outstanding Assistant Principal of the month.  

BMX Team USA National Winner Freshman Caitlyn Farmer BMX Nationals.jpg

 New Freshman Academy 9th grader Caitlin Farmer represented Team USA in the 2017 BMX World Championships this summer AND got her first National win of 2017 on August 12th in Springfield MO! Caitlin has logged 10,000 miles of travel in past 12 months going to local and national races. Wow, way to go Caitlin!



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